other public-private partnership efforts help to facilitate private investment in rural businesses and infrastructure projects and maximize USDA’s own record investments in rural America,” said Vilsack.
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance (DACQA), also known as Dairy BQA, focus on best management practices for the day-to-day husbandry practices used in caring for cattle that provide beef for family’s tables across the U.
While Red Angus cattle have earned a solid reputation as helping commercial producers’ build a profitable cow herd, the true versatility of Red Angus is shown when the steer mates excel in the feed yard and garner substantial premiums when sold on the grid, says the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA).
“If the JBS-Cargill deal is finalized, the four largest pork processors will control roughly 71 percent of the processing capacity in the country. Continued mergers and acquisitions in an already consolidated pork industry could reduce competition.
USDA’s current definition of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) could deny farm families from receiving government payments if they operate as either an S corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) taxed as a partnership.
The FNBA includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S. Together these countries represent producers from countries that account for one-third of global beef production and approx imately half of global beef exports.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR1599, dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, on July 23 by a 275-150 vote. The measure blocks mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, but leaves the door open for a national, voluntary labeling standard.
As consumer interest in forage-finished beef increases in the United States, scientists in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State University (MSU) are studying different forages and their effects on beef quality and taste.
During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference, held July 15-18 in Denver, CO, the ESA was a matter of considerable concern. The matter of reforming the ESA—or rather, “modernizing” it—was a focal point of the Property Rights and Environmental Management/Federal Lands Policy Committee.
Ranchers from several western states participated in a roundtable discussion with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Partners for Conservation (PFC) and Utah Grazing Improvement Program last week to discuss their efforts at improving and maintaining habitat for the greater sage-grouse.
Implementing the 2014 farm bill provisions for conservation compliance is expected to extend conservation provisions for an additional 1.5 million acres of highly erodible lands and 1.1 million acres of wetlands, which will reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, and create wildlife habitat.
Available acres for summer grazing have been shrinking in recent years, particularly in areas where it is feasible to convert grass into cropland. The combination of fewer acres and strong cow/calf returns results in increased pasture costs, either for purchase or for rent.
Colorado’s first vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases of 2015 have been detected in horses, and Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories have gained special certification to test for the highly contagious virus, which causes painful sores in animals’ mouths and forces mandatory quarantines.
For the first time in several years, western states such as Oklahoma have substantial standing forage in most pastures as summer continues. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content.
Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are the best selection tool available to beef cow/calf producers for bull selection. The data is derived from performance information collected on the given individual, its ancestors, collateral relatives and progeny.
“Our review of the claim discloses no liability on the part of the United States. Therefore your FTCA (Federal Tort Claims Act) claim is denied,” said an assistant with the Office of General Counsel under the USDA to the claimants, in individual letters received last week.
These are just some of the adjectives used to describe those who have been successful in the cattle-feeding industry. What makes this industry so demanding and distinguishes it from other vocations? Former Hall of Fame inductee Roy Dinsdale shares one reason: “It’s a challenge every year between Mother Nature and me.
This calendar year is predicted to deliver the worst economics in grain farming in 20 years. Low grain prices and high input costs could actually lead to an operating loss, unless yields come in exceptionally high. However, this looming dark cloud may have a silver lining in the form of tax benefits.